The Ferguson-Florissant School District announced Monday night that schools would stay closed for the rest of the week.
"We believe that closing schools for the rest of this week will allow needed time for peace and stability to be restored to our community," the district said in a statement.
The nearby Jennings and Riverview Gardens school district also cancelled classes today and expect to resume tomorrow.
The Ferguson-Florissant district said it would hold the first day of classes on Monday, Aug. 25.
Outside the Ferguson public library today, retired school teacher held a sign that read, "Students welcome!" to lure kids inside for learning activities. The executive director of Teach for America in St. Louis, Brittany Packnett, dropped off donated school supplies and workbooks at the library.
"I felt there was a need for students to have a place to go," said Carrie Pace, an elementary school teacher for Ferguson-Florissant who organized the effort.
Originally, the school year had been scheduled to start on Aug. 14. That was delayed to Monday, then delayed again. The district said it made the decision with input from local law enforcement and the district's security staff.
The Jennings district announced: "Out of an abundance of caution in regards to traffic flow for students walking to school, we will assess matters an additional day and we will use Tuesday as a staff development day for staff to prepare for students on Wednesday."
Jennings students needing the free lunch program or any family seeking free mental health services, may access those services from noon to 1 p.m. today at the school closest to their residence. Families can also make an appointment for mental health services by calling the school. In special situations, food deliveries can be made by contacting the school office.
Riverview Gardens parents who need food for students may pick up lunches at Koch Elementary at 9 a.m., Lewis & Clark Elementary at 10:15 a.m., and Highland Elementary at 11:15 a.m.